Value for money and effectiveness in voice & accountability programming: complementary practice or uneasy bedfellows?
11:00, 18th July 2012 – Christian Aid, London
In recent years, various Value For Money (VFM) tools and techniques have been proposed as the key to effective, targeted and cost-efficient aid. But are these approaches genuinely aligned with the needs of developing communities, as well as the donor agencies that promote them? What happens when they are implemented at grassroots level? And how can they be translated through citizen voice and accountability programmes?
Christian Aid will host a discussion on these issues as part of the Governance and Transparency Fund public meeting series. Following on from Q&A’s, there will be an informal Value For Money market-place where organisations and experts working on VFM will showcase their materials and resources, with the chance to interact with presenters, contributors, audience members and Christian Aid staff.
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Demand-side governance: are we overstating the claims on social accountability?
Public event, Overseas Development Institute and screened live online
This event will represent the first of six discussions around the broader theme of ‘demanding accountability from the bottom-up: examining what works, what does not work, and why’. These themes reflect on the four years of implementing Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programmes such as Mwananchi, in various parts of the world. This event considers how a number of GTF programmes and projects focus directly on building grassroots capacity to demand improvements in state provision of public goods, especially by hitherto marginalised groups (women, disabled people, youths).
Workshop organised by CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
The regional workshop on democratising governance through citizen participation brought together representatives of civil society organisations, international organisations and participatory governance practitioners from Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to share experiences in advancing participatory governance, identify key gaps in participatory governance processes at local, national and continental levels, and propose solutions aimed at filling these gaps and making participatory governance effective.